Abbas: Israeli PM puts off talks in Moscow

2016-09-06 21:18
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Richard Drew, AP).

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Richard Drew, AP).

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Warsaw - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel's prime minister has put off talks that he says were planned between the two of them this week in Moscow.

Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have not met in many years.

Speaking in Warsaw, Abbas said on Tuesday he was to fly from Poland to Moscow to meet Netanyahu on Friday, on President Vladimir Putin's invitation.

But Netanyahu's envoy asked for the talks to be put off during a meeting with Putin's envoy on Monday in Jerusalem, he said.

Abbas declared he was ready for talks anywhere in the world.

His position previously was that he would meet only if Israel would freeze settlement construction and follow through on a previously agreed prisoner release that was cancelled.

Read more on:    mahmoud abbas  |  benjamin netanyahu  |  israel  |  palestine

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